On the Job
Transportation Planners support transportation projects by gathering and analyzing data. They study the way people use transportation. They may also prepare reports with recommendations about transportation projects.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Analyze costs and benefits of proposed designs or projects.
- Appraise environmental impact of regulations or policies.
- Collaborate with technical specialists to resolve design or development problems.
- Communicate with the public on environmental issues.
- Interpret research or operational data.
- Design civil structures or systems.
- Develop methods of social or economic research.
- Develop theories or models of physical phenomena.
- Advise others on matters of public policy.
- Prepare documentation for permits or licenses.
Typical Working Conditions
- Using e-mail.
- Working with a group or team.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Responsibility for outcomes and results.
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